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ambition

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noun am·bi·tion \am-ˈbi-shən\

Simple Definition of ambition

  • : a particular goal or aim : something that a person hopes to do or achieve

  • : a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous

  • : a desire to do things and be active

Full Definition of ambition

  1. 1 a :  an ardent desire for rank, fame, or power b :  desire to achieve a particular end

  2. 2 :  the object of ambition <her ambition is to start her own business>

  3. 3 :  a desire for activity or exertion <felt sick and had no ambition>

am·bi·tion·lessplay \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of ambition

  1. My first ambition as a child was to be in the circus.

  2. He lacked ambition and couldn't compete with the others.



Origin of ambition

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin ambition-, ambitio, literally, act of soliciting for votes, from ambire


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ambition

ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire <driven by ambition>. aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself <an aspiration to become president someday>. pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption <has literary pretensions>.

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ambition

verb am·bi·tion

Definition of ambition

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to have as one's ambition :  desire



1664

First Known Use of ambition

1664




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